Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

The Serrano Report - Volume XVI, Issue #46

Mar 19, 2019
The Serrano Report

In Washington D.C.

Congressman Serrano Leads Hearing on Gun Violence Prevention and Enforcement 

Last week, Congressman Serrano, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science, led a hearing on gun violence prevention and enforcement. He invited Thomas Brandon, Deputy Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Christine Halvorsen, Acting Assistant Director for Criminal Justice Information Services within the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). The FBI and ATF work together to prevent gun violence by enforcing policies that keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. The ATF has seen its budget dwindle over the years and Congressman Serrano is committed to providing them with the necessary tools to execute this crucial part of law enforcement.  

"I represent a community that is far too often subject to gun violence—typically from illegal guns that have moved from a legitimate federally licensed firearms dealer to an illegitimate source. So far this year, we have had 29 shootings in The Bronx. I think we can all agree that that is too many and that we need to act to prevent this from happening. Gun crimes happen all over our nation, and not a day goes by without a firearms-related death. This violence has a serious impact on our neighborhoods, not only the serious physical and emotional impact on families, but also the psychological impact on the broader community at large. That is why it is crucial that ATF and the FBI have the adequate resources to help address this issue," said Congressman Serrano.  

Click the image below to watch Congressman Serrano's full line of questioning:


Congressman Serrano Leads Hearing on DOJ Civil Rights Division

Last week, Congressman Serrano led a hearing on the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Civil Rights Division, the department in charge of ensuring that all Americans receive equal protection under the law. Eric Dreiband, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, testified on behalf of the agency and his role in pushing the agencies mission.  

"The mission of the division is essential to ensuring that ALL Americans receive equal protection under the law. Sadly, its record is in peril under this President.  The attacks on long-standing precedents and effective policies have been unending.  From preventing the use of consent decrees in addressing systemic issues with local law enforcement, to a lack of enforcement of the Voting Rights Act, to rescinding guidance protecting transgender students, the Department has pulled back on policies that have protected millions," said Congressman Serrano.  

Click the image below to watch Congressman Serrano's full line of questioning:


In the Bronx 

Congressman Serrano Meets with the New York Red Cross

Last week, Congressman Serrano met with the New York Red Cross to discuss their efforts to prevent home fires and prepare New Yorkers for disasters. In recent years, there have been multiple fatal home fires in the Bronx, including one in January of 2018 that resulted in several deaths, including that of a  U.S Army soldier. Congressman Serrano is a proud supporter of the NY Red Cross and their work in New York.